Masini at Thanjavur Veterinary College and Research Institute

Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Masini at Thanjavur Veterinary College and Research Institute

Eight-year old Masini at the Chadivayal elephant camp near Siruvani in Pooluvampatti Range
Masini
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ about 11 years old (approximate age)
Management:Free contact
People killed:1: trampled its mahout Gajendran to death 2018-05-26
Location:Thanjavur Veterinary College and Research Institute
ArrivedThanjavur Veterinary College and Research Institute 2018-07-00
from Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple
Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple 2016-10-31
from Chadivayal elephant camp (Sadivayal)
Chadivayal elephant camp (Sadivayal) 2015-11-07
from Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai)
Theppakadu elephant camp (Mudumalai) 2006-00-00
from Mudumalai National Park
Born:~2007 wild
Capture: 2007, orphaned near Masiniamman temple at Kargudi
Document updated2018-05-27: mankiller
2018-09-23: transferred to Thanjavur, petition
The Forest Department had rescued Masini as a calf in Kargudi, near Mudumalai, after finding her emaciated and separated from the herd.


The elephant first came under the care of Manban, who moved over to train another elephant in the camp. Manban’s son-in-law Bomman took charge of the elephant and had been her Mahout since then.

2015-10: When it left the Mudumalai camp last week, after the government decided to give the elephant to the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, the staff at the camp bid adieu to the friendly calf. The elephant was brought to the plains to slowly prepare itself for the rather hot weather in Tiruchi.

At the Chadivayal camp, Masini’s schedule includes a breakfast comprising ragi, rice, jaggery, sugarcane and salt. She then goes out for grazing and for a walk for about two to three kms.


2015-10-31: On Saturday evening, Masini boarded the lorry to Coimbatore, said sources.

Masini was the last elephant given by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa to a temple in Tamil Nadu.

2018-06-26: trampled its 46-year-old mahout Gajendran to death.


Sources, among others

  • http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/elephant-leaves-mtr-for-samayapuram-temple/article7828569.ece
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/8yearold-elephant-preparing-itself-for-new-abode/article7853322.ece
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/lens-on-conflict-with-mahout-heat/articleshow/64325480.cms
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/mahout-trampled-to-death-by-elephant-in-trichy-temple/articleshow/64317698.cms
  • https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/return-temple-elephant-masini-original-habitat-seeks-petition-madras-hc-88733

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